Mannequins and King Tutankhamun, you can’t be serious! It’s true. The first known mannequin is a life-size bust of King Tut (Dated ~1350 BC.)
The Pharaoh had a life-sized wooden torso carved into his exact measurements and likeness. The torso was found standing next to a full wardrobe of King Tut’s clothing.
Wouldn’t a personal life sized mannequin be helpful getting dressed in the morning? You wouldn’t even have to get dressed to know exactly what you are going to look like in an outfit. Wonder how long it will take to whittle a bust for me… just sayin’
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The history of mannequins – why they were created, how they have evolved over the years, how they mirror what is happening in society – is fascinating. Mannequins have fascinated mankind for centuries. Indeed, these glorified coat hangars have a genealogy that goes back to ancient times. When Howard Carter opened King Tut’s tomb in 1923, he discovered an armless, legless, wooden torso, made exactly to the pharaoh’s measurements, standing next to the chest that held the ruler’s clothing.
One of archaeology’s greatest finds, by Robert Partridge
In 1907, the 5 Earl of Carnarvon hired Egyptologist Howard Carter to aid him in his excavations in the Valley of the Kings. Carter worked for years, with a brief break caused by World War I, but it wasn’t until November 4, 1922, with Lord Carnarvon growing impatient and about to pull the plug on the whole operation, Carter got his big break.
Update! In March 2016, scientists have radar scans of King Tut’s tomb that show the possibility of hidden chambers not yet opened within King Tut’s tomb.** Howard Carter and his sponsor, Lord Carnarvon, spent a number of years and a lot of money searching for a tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings that they weren’t sure still existed.